Another common question, usually followed with, “I don’t have a lot of time to invest in this, can I still save?”
My answer is a resounding, “YES! You can save BIG and spend less time preparing and shopping!”
For the past two weeks I have proven this to be true.
The first week I reviewed my Sunday paper coupons at home from the paper we have delivered daily. I also reviewed the current Weis ad. I found them both to be worthy of purchasing additional papers so I had more coupons so we purchased our newspapers Sunday morning on the way to church. After church we went to the local Weis store and clipped and shopped at the exact same time. I would call this ‘flying by the seat of our pants’ couponing. If you were there you would have found both Bob and me removing the coupons from the multiple papers, and then finding the coupons we were interested in and clipping them by hand which meant we neatly tore them since I didn’t have my binder or scissors with me (lesson learned). We didn’t spend much time at the store and still made quite a few bargains and gas points. I wish I still had my receipt to show you the details.
This past week I once again reviewed my paper at home as well as the ad. We did our Sunday trek of Bob dropping me off at the Dollar Store to purchase my papers while he made a Wawa run for his coffee. Remember, always verify they have the correct number of inserts. I could have walked down the sidewalk to Weis if the Dollar Store didn’t have them all. After church we grabbed a quick bite to eat, cut some coupons at the pizza shop and then went to Weis. Great deals were had!!! Keep in mind the week before I put my coupon binder back together again and I had it with me for this trip. Again, I didn’t plan the trip ahead of time. I do have the details for this trip. Although we purchased many items not listed below, here are a few of the great deals I received:
Ragu Pasta Sauce is on sale- buy 2 get 2 free (limit of one deal). I didn’t have coupons for this however, who could refuse half price pasta sauce?
Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies are 5 for $5- I had a coupon for $1 off
Yoplait Yogurt is on sale for 10 for $5 and I had lots of coupons for $1 off 8 and since this is a popular item in our home we purchased quite a bit
Ortego Taco Sauce was on clearance for just .99 and I had multiple coupons for $1 of two so I stocked up. We’ll be enjoying this in many forms. Always check the dates on clearance items. This sauce has another year left to it yet.
General Mills Cereal (GM) was on an incredible deal from Weis and then GM made it even better. Weis gave free milk coupons when you purchase any 8 boxes of this cereal. Specially marked boxes provided a special deal for free movie tickets- when you buy two you get a free ticket on line. In addition to this I had coupons $1 off two boxes. I purchased quite a bit of cereal of our favorite kinds and Bob and I will have free dates to the movies! Do the math and you will be impressed! This deal is good for 12 weeks and you do not need to purchase all the cereal in one trip. Also, there is no limit to the number of times you do this deal. We purchased two deals worth this past Sunday.
Weis is also running another great deal this week on multiple items (Scott TP, Viva paper towels, Cottonelle TP, Huggies diapers and wipes, Kotex, Colgate, Irish Spring, Soft Soap body wash, wipes, Kleenex, Depends and Poise, Palmolive, and Speed Stick/Irish Spring deodorant . When you purchase $30 worth (shelf price) you get $10 off toward your next order. If you do not need $30 worth of these items you can purchase $20 shelf price and receive $5 off your next order. I chose Scott paper towels and Kleenex tissues. I had coupons for these items, however even without coupons I would have found this deal worthy since we were getting extremely low in tissues and kind of low in paper towels. By the time you get the $10 toward your next order you save quite a bit! Remember, at Weis it’s the shelf price they count toward the $30 or $20, not the sale price. Unlike Giant who doesn’t count it until after all savings- sales and coupons. This is one more reason why Weis is my store of choice!
Overall, here are the numbers for this past Sunday’s trip:
- Out of Pocket (OOP) $125.73
- Total Savings* $75.83 (includes 2 gallons of free milk which are now in my freezer)
- Total Movie Ticket Value* $96! (in addition to the total savings listed above)
- Total Gas Points* .30 per gallon which could save us $8 at the pump!
- Total Savings including all * above: $179.83
- Percentage of savings was 70%
NOT BAD FOR NO PLANNING! All it took was to look at my one delivered paper quickly on Sunday morning, look at the Weis ad, purchase multiple papers (because I found it worthy to) and do a 45 minute shopping trip. All it takes is a few moments, an organized binder from past coupons (which doesn’t take very long) and a trip to the store knowing what the sales are and then having your eyes trained for clearance items- such as the taco sauce.
As you can see, I really haven’t spent much time on this. I hope you’ve found this encouraging. By the way, the sales I spoke of above are still available until this Saturday, January 19th.